Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Foss Waterway Seaport, Puget Sounds premier maritime heritage, education and recreation center began undergoing historic rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. When building rehabilitation is completed, the new 45,000 square foot public facility will feature an expansive maritime heritage museum, compelling indoor program spaces (including a K-16 marine science and environmental education center), a heritage boat building shop and the “Discovery Wharf” childrens learning center. More images and architects’ description after the break.
- Maximize the educational experience To minimize impact to the impressive large volume of space, the design will create controlled boxes within the overall space. These boxes will provide space for exhibits, classes, meetings and other uses. The redesigned Seaport will also provide space for traveling Smithsonian exhibits. - Celebrate history The 150 foot-long historic trusses will be preserved and emphasized in the new design. Additionally, the Seaport will undergo exterior rehabilitation on the east and west walls. The rehabilitation will be carried out with respect to the original building modulation, which called for easy rails to sails access from the railroad tracks on the east of the building to the sea on the west. The project is a collaboration between the non-profit Foss Waterway Seaport, Foss Waterway Development Authority, which owns the building, the City of Tacoma and the design team. Jim Olson, FAIA, of Olson Kundig Architects is leading the overall design team, while Alan Maskin, LEED AP, of Olson Kundig Architects provides museum and exhibition expertise. Jim Friesz, AIA LEED AP, also of Olson Kundig Architects, is the project manager. The project is expected to cost $7.7 million overall. The City of Tacoma is funding $2 million for exterior and seismic renovations. The remaining $5.7 million will be raised through an ongoing capital campaign. The first round of construction began in March of 2012 with the replacement of the building’s deteriorated brick north front wall with the glass-faced façade. The overall project is expected to be completed in January of 2015.